This was a very good read, fast-paced with very good tech, a good and interwoven storyline with excellent twists and turns. I am looking forward, impa..Show More »tiently, to the next sequel.
Before buying Starshine I read a number of reviews, one that caught my attention classified the book as "A Science Fiction Bodice Ripper". At first blush, I would have agreed with that, but then I realized just how chauvinistic that opinion was.
Yes, the book contains the typical amount of requisite sexuality. But to call it a Bodice Ripper simply because it is presented from the Estrogen point of view rather than from the usual Testosterone perspective is indeed simply chauvinistic. OK, she's a bit obsessed with his "strong jawline" but how is that really different from the typical male author's obsession with her shapely figure? Actually I found the turnabout of sexual perspective refreshing and it added a great deal of depth to the characters.
I'm likely in this for the long haul. Not that I'll rush out and buy book three as soon as it comes out, but I imagine I'll pick it up at some point. ..Show More »Vertigo continues the trend set by the first book of, despite it's frequent narrative shifts, of keeping the focus contained well enough not to feel like narrative space isn't being wasted when someone besides Alex or Caleb. Characters were the first book's strength and that continues here. I was invested in the characters enough that the ever frequent conspiracy scenes didn't divest me from enjoying things moment to moment.
However, one thing I find frustrating is how everyone seems to HAVE to pair off. I know that it is expected in this type of book, but at least in this instance it feels very forced. The characters are the series' strong suit, so when it turns out that everyone has to find a member of the opposite sex to feel their existence fulfilled I end up shaking my head. Or is it just that as a part time romance novel everyone needs a partner to bang? Alex and Caleb fuck like rabbits every time a door closes. It really feels like that should be enough.
G.S. Jennsen is fast becoming my favourite guilty pleasure. Her books are just so much fun to read.
One criticism I have is that with the exc..Show More »eption of one single planet, almost everything seems to be named after the Greco-Roman culture. It seems very unlikely that our future should draw so heavily on simply one cultural tradition.
On the other hand, the reason I've enjoying these books is because they have a balance of action to thought, technobabble or emotions, plot to character development. It's a fun light read and so that criticism, while valid, doesn't really effect my enjoyment of the books that much.